Organizers hoping new futsal tournament will grow into holiday classic
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The snow is starting to pile up outside, but that will not stop organizers from hosting the inaugural Holiday Indoor Futsal Tournament this week inside the gym at the Mountain Village Montessori Charter School.
The tournament, which is slated to open Wednesday, is a benefit for the Steamboat Soccer Club and is sponsored by the Steamboat Soccer Alumni Association. Twelve teams have signed up to play in this year’s tournament.
“With the new indoor turf, we are able to do this during the holiday time,” said Hobey Early, with the Steamboat Soccer Club. “We had tried to do an alumni tournament a few years ago in the summer. We thought more alumni might be back in town, and we thought this was a great opportunity to try to reconnect and build more connections and relationships with people who have been involved with the club, whether that’s players, coaches or parents.”
But he said he is hoping that the tournament will eventually grow beyond those with connections to the club. He is hoping to add younger divisions that include current players in the future, and if things go well with the Steamboat club, even try to attract some out-of-town teams to the mix in the future.
“We are starting this out as kind of a feeler to see where it can go,” Early said. “We are hoping to get more and more response as we move forward, after the first year of doing things we are hoping that the word will get out and that this will be something that we can build on.”
This year games will be held in the afternoons from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. from today to Dec. 29 inside the gym at the school west of Steamboat Springs located at the entrance of the Heritage Park subdivision. Early said the bleachers will be pulled out and fans are encouraged to come out and cheer for their favorite teams.
The games will be limited by a 25-minute running clock, with teams of five players going head-to-head on the turf. Brackets will include men’s and women’s competitive divisions and a non-competitive co-ed division.
“There will be room for people to watch for sure,” Early said. “Who knows where it will go, hopefully it will continue to grow.”
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